BUF
21-21-6
PIT
36-12-0

33 SOG
42 SOG

VAN-ISHING ACT: Sabres ruin another Pittsburgh win streak

Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Buffalo 4 – Pittsburgh 2
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Consol Energy Center

GAME RECAP
PITTSBURGH – The Buffalo Sabres don’t play the Pittsburgh Penguins very often, but they sure make it count when they do. For the second time in three weeks, the Sabres headed across the border to Pennsylvania to ruin a Penguins’ winning streak.

Thomas Vanek scored two goals and added an assist, and Ryan Miller turned away 40 shots, as the Sabres snapped Pittsburgh’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory at the Consol Energy Center. The win comes exactly 21 days after Buffalo ended the Penguins’ NHL season-high 15-game win streak on April 2. The Penguins are 22-3 in their last 25 games, but two of the three losses have come at home to the Sabres.

Vanek opened the scoring in the first period, then bookended it with his 20th goal of the season into an empty net at 19:27 of the third to seal the win. This is Vanek’s eighth consecutive season of 20 or more goals, four shy of Gilbert Perreault’s franchise record of 12.

Steve Ott scored the game winner at 17:26 of the third, batting in a Mark Pysyk rebound to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead. The goal underwent a lengthy video review, however Ott’s stick appeared to make contact with the puck just below the height of the crossbar. Jochen Hecht also scored for Buffalo, while Pysyk, Cody Hodgson and Drew Stafford each contributed a pair of assists.

Miller stood tall in the Sabres net while facing 42 shots, including 21 in the final period. The Penguins attempted 75 shots, but had 22 attempts blocked and missed 11 others. Jarome Iginla took a game-high eight shots but was only able to score on one, and Pascal Dupuis scored Pittsburgh’s other goal on one of his six shots on goal.

The Sabres (20-21-6) will wrap up their 48-game regular season schedule with a home game on Friday against the New York Islanders at First Niagara Center. Game time for Fan Appreciation Night is 7 p.m.

FORWARD LINES
Vanek-Hodgson-Stafford
Ott-Grigorenko-Hecht
Ennis-Porter-Flynn
Gerbe-Foligno-Scott

DEFENSE PAIRS
Ehrhoff-Sekera
Weber-Ruhwedel
Pysyk-Pardy

ROSTER NOTES
Patrick Kaleta
missed his second straight game with a hand injury suffered last Friday against the Rangers; he did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh… Ville Leino (upper body) and Tyler Myers (broken bone, leg) were also scratched.

BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 26:22
Shots: Thomas Vanek, 5
Blocked Shots: Andrej Sekera, 4
Hits: John Scott, 3
Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 5
Total Faceoffs: Cody Hodgson, 17 (5-12)

BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
Scoring First: 15-4-4
Tied After the First Period: 13-9-3
Tied After the Second Period: 9-6-0
Outshot by an opponent: 16-15-2

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play
Tonight: 0/0
Overall: 23/160, 14.4%
Road: 10/81, 12.3%

Penalty Killing
Tonight: 2/3
Overall: 137/174, 78.7%
Road: 78/99, 78.7%

UP NEXT:
* Friday vs. New York Islanders, 7 p.m.

1st2nd3rdT
BUF
PIT
Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:49BUF Thomas Vanek (19) ASST: Cody Hodgson (18), Drew Stafford (11) 1 - 0 BUF
13:09PIT Chris Kunitz (22) ASST: Brandon Sutter (6), Matt Cooke (12) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
06:11BUF Jochen Hecht (5) ASST: Thomas Vanek (20), Mark Pysyk (3) 2 - 1 BUF
11:02PIT PPG - Jarome Iginla (14) ASST: Kris Letang (30), Evgeni Malkin (22) 2 - 2 Tie
17:26BUF Steve Ott (9) ASST: Mark Pysyk (4) 3 - 2 BUF
19:27BUF EN - Thomas Vanek (20) ASST: Cody Hodgson (19), Drew Stafford (12) 4 - 2 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
1st
Thomas Vanek
LW
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:25
Ryan Miller
2nd
Ryan Miller
G
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 36-37
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .952SH: 0-0
Jarome Iginla
3rd
Jarome Iginla
G: 1Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:42
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:25BUF Thomas Vanek  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Marc-Andre Fleury
06:25PIT Jussi Jokinen  Holding against  Thomas Vanek
17:44BUF Mike Weber  Holding against  Beau Bennett
17:44BUF Steve Ott  Misconduct
19:49BUF Adam Pardy  Cross checking against  Brenden Morrow
3rd Period
10:30BUF Christian Ehrhoff  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
shots by period
PeriodBUFPIT
1st1112
2nd109
3rd1221
Total3342
Team Stats
CategoryBUFPIT
Power Plays0/01/3
Hits917
Faceoff Wins2234
Giveaways22
Takeaways102
Blocked Shots2214
Penalty Minutes182
  • BUFFALO
  • PITTSBURGH
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5C. RuhwedelD0002014:33
6M. WeberD0011216:53
9S. OttC10121013:31
10C. EhrhoffD0001226:22
12K. PorterC0002017:31
19C. HodgsonC0214019:04
21D. StaffordR0213021:32
25M. GrigorenkoC0023011:40
26T. VanekL2125218:25
27A. PardyD0020217:46
32J. ScottL000007:13
42N. GerbeL000207:04
44A. SekeraD0010026:21
53M. PysykD0222018:21
55J. HechtC1021016:02
63T. EnnisC0001014:41
65B. FlynnC0004017:37
82M. FolignoL000008:52
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30R. Miller4042.95260:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. NiskanenD00-24022:25
3D. MurrayD00-31016:41
4M. EatonD00-20020:20
5D. EngellandD0001021:51
9P. DupuisR00-16019:04
10B. MorrowL00-22014:46
12J. IginlaR10-18018:42
14C. KunitzL10-16020:01
15T. GlassL000109:07
16B. SutterC01-11016:08
17D. JeffreyC0001010:25
19B. BennettR00-12012:44
24M. CookeL01-11013:26
27C. AdamsR0001011:18
36J. JokinenL00-11215:40
44B. OrpikD001006:44
58K. LetangD0105028:16
71E. MalkinC01-11021:18
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29M. Fleury2932.90659:04